GETTING READY TO QUIT SMOKING-PREPARE FOR SUCCESS!

You might decide one of these days that you’ve smoked enough cigarettes and just call to set up a hypnosis session and be done with them forever. Chances are, you’ve already cut way back and don’t really have much of an addiction to nicotine anyway. The problem is, no matter how bright and knowledgeable we may be about the health hazards and costs of smoking, most of our brain doesn’t care. Psychologists say that the majority of our day we are on autopilot and our subconscious mind is in charge. That is the part that I will be talking to during your hypnosis session, but there are elements you can put into place before your appointment that will greatly increase your success. Give yourself at least a week before your quit date to have enough impact. (Click here for a description of the Technologies of the Self Smoking Cessation Program.)  

1.   Choose your quit date If you have a work deadline or family holiday coming up, the best time will be after the event, when your stress level is lower and you can concentrate on nurturing yourself for a week or so.

2.   On several Post It notes, write the main reasons you want to quit and post them on your desk, your bathroom mirror or on your dash. Keep the messages to yourself positive.  Incredibly, researchers have found that signs prohibiting smoking actually start cravings to light up. Review the reasons just before falling asleep. That’s the time of day when your brain waves have already slowed down and your subconscious is most open to suggestion.

3.   Figure out the least comfortable place in your house or work environment to smoke. This will be the ONLY place you will be smoking during this final week. Remember, you are no longer smoking for pleasure, you are smoking to QUIT SMOKING. Move everything connected with smoking to this location to make it inconvenient to light up anywhere else.  Start thinking before you smoke. Notice what you are feeling, why you are smoking. Ask yourself, “AM I SMOKING BECAUSE I NEED TO? OR JUST OUT OF HABIT? If it’s just out of habit, don’t smoke. Smoke only if you really want to or if it’s a physical need.

4.   Find all the cigarettes you have any place around the house, office or car and throw them away. You will not be smoking your regular brand again.

5.   Now make the commitment to buy cigarettes ONE PACK AT A TIME. Do not buy a new pack until the last one is totally gone. The first pack you buy for this week will be a brand that you don’t like. Each time you buy a new pack, switch to another brand that you don’t like. What this is doing is breaking the automatic element of the deeply ingrained habit.

6.   When you get the pack, cut the cigarettes in half and only smoke the filtered half. Take them out and put them in a sandwich bag. Also, smoke with the opposite hand that you normally do. This is behavior modification, interrupting the subconscious, unthinking behaviors and rituals around smoking to make you more aware and get out of autopilot.

7.   Limit your alcohol consumption this week and through the first week following your quit date. Many people associate smoking with drinking and alcohol definitely affects your resolve and ability to stay out of autopilot.

8.   Reduce caffeine, too, during the process. Stock up on other beverages, tea, and natural fruit juices that you enjoy and increase your water intake.

9.   Create a schedule to allow plenty of time for a good night’s sleep. The subconscious mind takes over much more quickly when you are tired.

10.   Make sure to take a good quality Vitamin B Complex a week before your quit date, to help minimize stress.

11.   Make a public commitment. This is a crucial element. Do you have friends who know you’ve tried before and might laugh? Tell them anyway, but also tell some new people, especially friends who have successfully quit themselves.

12.  Ponder this-what is your deepest desire that you will be able to accomplish by not smoking again. Be ready to tell me about it. What are you passionate about that requires a healthy lifestyle?

Congratulations on taking the step to explore and reading this far!

Now take a look at your calendar, mark your DATE TO QUIT and give me a call 720-460-0758

How to Quit Smoking

Now that it’s New Year’s there are posts galore on how to overcome all of our unhealthy habits and issues.  In one- How to Quit Smoking — 10 Crazy Ways Smokers Finally Kicked the Habit , solutions that actually worked (at least for the person sharing the tip), range from eating dog biscuits to drinking baking  soda. The article has some great tips and related info, but what I found interesting was how a psychologist who was studying hypnosis quit smoking. She practiced on a friend at a New Year’s party and then realized a week later that even though she had a pack-a-day habit, that she herself hadn’t smoked since then. Thirty years later she is still cigarette-free.

While the Technologies of the Self’s Smoking Cessation Program is very effective, and  most people can quit at the first session, I don’t smoke. I did have a similar experience to the therapist, though,  when my first client went through our 8 week weight loss program.  I lost 15 pounds immediately! Evidently while guiding her to visualize her new healthy body, I was affecting my own subconscious.

Well, it sure shows the power of the mind! What I like most about using hypnosis to change behaviors is that it doesn’t depend on will-power. In these two cases, it even worked indirectly, second-hand. I love that. Instead of second-hand smoke, second-hand smoking cessation!

Clients say that without even thinking about their issue, they realize that they are no longer even attracted to what they are wanting to avoid, the change happens spontaneously!

Call 720-460-0758 for your FREE CONSULTATION, then we will individualize your hypnotherapy session to fit your personal motivations and deepest desires.

One Cigarette Can Cause Harm

Cigarette Smoke

Scary news in a new study that shows that even very light smoking can lead to serious health issues-

“a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General concludes that even a single cigarette can cause immediate harm and raise the risk of diseases like cancer and heart disease. . . any exposure to smoking — a single drag of a cigarette, occasional smoking or secondary exposure to cigarette smoke — can damage the body’s cells, tissue and DNA, raising the risk of cancer.

Besides the awareness of the dangers of just taking a drag here and there,  in the days of such fear of trans-fats and of gluten, to read that “the Surgeon General’s report further notes that cigarette manufacturers have recently changed the design and ingredients in cigarettes to deliver toxic ingredients more effectively and make smoking more addictive” just doesn’t make sense!

Of all the deaths in America, smoking accounts for 20% of them and 23% of adults are still smoking!

This makes me even more grateful that our stop smoking program is so effective. Most people are able to stop smoking after just two sessions.